Helping the Young Ones Win

By on March 21, 2018

For a while now, it has generally been agreed unanimously that young people are the future of the world. There isn’t much argument mostly because the chances that the older people will come back and take over are fairly minimal. And so every aspect of life has been swarmed by young enthusiastic people hoping to take over from their older folks.

While this is happening, there are a few things that seem to be holding back these young people. Among them are things like peer influence which often leads them to make wrong decisions, desire to make it quickly in life which makes them rush their decisions and the biggest of them all – death. Many forms of death come at young people and while many of them are beyond anyone’s ability, there are times when one imagines that perhaps we can protect and safeguard these young folks with a bit more zeal.

When we talk about Sexual and Reproductive Health, there is a tendency to assume that all is well with the young people because they have the internet and they can find whatever they need to find on there. However, never has the human race been at crossroads with the issue of relevant information and services like it is today. For instance, while most young people can be said to understand the concept of the internet, one in every four girls aged 15-19 is either a mother or is pregnant with their first child. At this rate, and with a high fertility rate (6.2 children per woman), one can imagine where we are heading.

What does this mean?

Quite naturally, we need to wake up and get more practical with the issue of Sexual Reproductive Health for young people. For starters, these young people need to have access to the right, relevant information regarding Sexual Reproductive Health. It goes without saying that this information MUST be disseminated by the right people because only then shall we be sure that the young people are getting accurate information.

For a very long time now there has been quite a lot of stigma around the issue of Sexual Reproductive Health so much that young people seem to think that it is an area they would rather not venture into. It does not help that there are countless myths and perceptions about Sexual Reproductive Health that go around. For instance, many people assume that teaching young people about how to keep themselves sexually safe and secure is simply being ‘immoral’ and therefore wrong. What people like this forget is that young people will eventually learn about sexual issues. Better to guide them through this learning process than assume that they will learn on their own or that they will request for information when they are ‘ready’.

Talking to young people about SRH is a smart thing to do (Photo Source – Global Citizen)

One of the reasons why we have high maternal mortality rates and teenage pregnancies is because the otherwise informed people are busy worrying about the morals of the young people instead of worrying about their actual health. No young person deserves to lose their life because of failure to access Sexual Reproductive Health services. As a matter of fact, more and more young people should be looped into the campaign to spread awareness about the importance of Sexual Reproductive health.

Therefore as we continue to create spaces for young people to explore their talents and change the world, we need to take a second to think about how they will explore these talents as healthy and informed people. We need to encourage these young people to open up about their worries, fears, doubts, assumptions and we need to open up to them as well about the truths, facts and solutions to the issue of Sexual Reproductive Health. Healthy and informed young people can do for this world a lot more than the rest of the world combined.

Let’s make this happen, lets help the young ones to win.

“… the young people are the ones who most quickly identify with the struggle and the necessity to eliminate the evil conditions that exist.” ― Malcolm X

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